I always find that it’s so easy to focus on the negatives of a situation and get yourself bogged down with them, rather than looking at what positive outcomes there have been. This year has definitely been extremely challenging for me, but it’s so important to look at everything I have achieved and put aside the things that have gone wrong, not dwelling on them but instead using them as stepping stones to ensure that next year is even better. So for today’s post, I wanted to look at the things that I’ve achieved this year and take that positivity with me into 2017.
Became closer to my cousins:
Living in London for uni this year has enabled me to get closer to my cousins, who have always lived kind of far for me to see them regularly. We’ve built a strong relationship this year and I feel like it’s only going to get better. Family is becoming increasingly more important to me as I go through certain situations, and I’m so grateful to have my two beautiful cousins at my side while I go through stuff. I’ve also become closer to my Spanish family/cousins after spending a week at their house in Algeciras, and keeping in contact with them since.
My friendship with Bianca:
As I’ve said in my post about “Long Distance Bestfriendship”, I’ve learnt so much from my friendship with Bianca. Despite the fact that we met in November last year, this year has been the one where we really cemented the friendship by exploring London’s coffee shops together and pretty much spending all our time together before she had to go back home to New York. I definitely think that my friendship with Bianca deserves to be on this list of achievements because it’s such a healthy, supportive and strong relationship- and that’s 100% something I am proud of achieving despite all of the crap I was having to deal with at the time!
Passed second year in one!
Along the same lines, I’m really proud of myself for passing my second year straight through without any deferring or time off. Although I can’t say the same for my first (or third) year, I was so happy in my London flat with my flatmates and will strive to achieve this level of contentment again when I eventually move back to London.
Explored London more:
While I was living there, I definitely feel like I made the most of my time in London and explored it more than in my first year. I did some really cool stuff and made more of an effort to interact with my city and the people living there, which in turn made me have a better experience overall. I can’t wait to get back to the city and do it all over again!
Achievements on social media:
Finally, I think the biggest achievement for me this year has to be with regards to my social media. I have been putting so much effort into my blog since the middle of the year, especially since August, and it’s really been paying off as I see my follow count growing and the quality of content improving. I also started my YouTube which I never thought I’d actually do, and despite the fact that I don’t have hundreds of thousands of subscribers, I’m really enjoying making vlogs and finding another creative outlet. I am so proud of how far I have come with all of my social media this year, and think that if it wasn’t for this then I wouldn’t be able to stay as focused and motivated with my life- so really I have a lot to thank social media for and might do a blog post about that in the new year!
These might not seem like huge achievements to some people, but for me these are the main things that I can be proud of when I look back at this year. I have stepped out of my comfort zone and reaped the benefits; I have pushed myself with blogging and begun seeing the rewards… I’m focusing on these positives and you know what, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of things this year. Come the new year, I’m not taking any negativity with me whether it’s about my university or people hating on my blogging; I’m going to focus on how good I feel because of the things that I class as achievements instead!
Lots of Love,